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GFWC Viera Woman's Club Inc.. A Community Service Club in Viera, FL
GFWC Viera Woman's Club Inc. GFWC Viera Woman's Club Inc.

1.  Arts Department...                         
Diane Ashbrook                                            Cathy Collins
 dpashbrook@aol.com                                    bobcat1436@yahoo.com        
For people with disabilities we:
  • Participate in the Very Special Arts (VSA) program each spring at Brevard Zoo. (VSA is   an international organization dedicated to providing quality art programs for children and adults with disabilities.)
  • Make crafts that are distributed to Meals-on-Wheels clients.
For Youth we:
  • Donate to the Brevard Youth Symphony orchestra.
  • Hold art contests.
  • Showcase youth musical talent at club meetings & events.
And for other community organizations we:
  • Support our singing group, the Viera Singers, who sing at Alzheimer, nursing homes, and club events.
  • Showcase members' Arts & Crafts talents at our January meeting every year.
  • Donate to community theaters.
GFWC Florida Federation focus...increasing art programs and art funding in the schools.
Creative Arts
We encourage members to participate in the following contests...
GFWC has three photograph contests:
  • The World in Pictures
  • GFWC Volunteers in Action
  • A Year in Pictures/calendar contest
  • GFWC Florida Short story and poetry contests
In the future we could
  • Give music, dance or drama scholarships
  • Promote community film festivals
  • Establish Artist-in- Residence programs
2.  Conservation Department...              
             Penelope Cherry
  Beautification Program                                                                                                                                  
Activities can include:                              
  • Recycling*
  • Soil Conservation
  • Noxious Weeds
  • Air and Water Quality
  • Waste Handling*
  • Natural Resource Restoration*
  • Land Maintenance*
  • Tree Planting
  • Beautification*
  • Wildlife Protection*
  • Proper Care for Domesticated Animals*
  • Food Sources
  • Community Gardens*
Resource Conservation in the Community  
  • Managing and preserving natural resources *
  • Water and soil conservation 
  • Supporting public policies that protect natural resources
  • Implementing energy conservation practices in the home, etc *
  • Organize litter prevention and clean-up projects *
GFWC Florida current focus...looking at effects of global warming & becoming aware of ones carbon footprint.
* Currently supported by our Club
 3.  Education Department...                
          Carol Langston
Education in the Community
Activities can include:
Epsilon Sigma Omicron (ESO) - Offers a path to self-enrichment and personal growth for members.
  • Establishing reading groups
  • Promoting local authors
  • Forming book or tape exchange
Supporting libraries
  • Joining Friends of the Libraries *
  • Developing Books for Babies program
  • Planning activities at/for library *
  • For worthy students in the community *
  • Investigate other scholarship programs (Talbots, AARP, etc.)
 Focus on Literacy Program 
  • Recruiting readers & tutors (Rolling Readers) *
  • Celebrating Read Across America & Dr. Seuss's Birthday
  • DEAR -- Drop Everything and Read Day 
  • Supporting the Dictionary Project (give dictionaries to students in local schools
  • Supporting the Heart of America's Books from the Heart program -- provides books to less fortunate children in schools
*Currently supported by our Club
4.  GFWC Signature Project Domestic Violence          
               Kathy Wade

Domestic Violence -- when a person in the home tries to control his or her partner or children through intimidation, physical harm, threats and/or fear. This is also called Abuse.
Domestic Violence is one of the most common and expensive crimes committed today. Every 9 seconds in the U.S. a woman is assaulted or beaten, and three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. Fifty (50) percent of the men who frequently assaulted their wives also abused their children.
Our Club supports four charities in the community that assist women and children in domestic violence situations:
Salvation Army Domestic Violence Shelter, Cocoa

The Haven --Chef du Jour, feeding the children the third Monday of every month .

Hacienda Girls Ranch -- Foster care group home and emergency shelter for females ages 10-17 
Haven Dinner Project
 5.  Home Life Department...         
Gail Campbell
Participating in activities that improve the lives & supports others, like:
  • Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) *
  • Children's Hunger Project*
  • March of Dimes*
  • American Heart Association
  • Alzheimers facilities & nursing homes (Autumn House Bingo) *
  • Brevard Sharing Center*
Focus On Financial Issues
Educate members on financial security
Emphasize prevention of identify theft, living wisely, Social Security
Encourage creation of personal retirement plans
Focus on Health
Educate members about most prevalent medical problems affecting women & others:
  • Heart Disease, shingles, stroke, & osteoporosis *
  • New breast cancer awareness program
  • New topics -- pandemic flu, weight loss, and building healthy self-worth
*Currently supported by our Club
6.  International Out Reach...                   
      Sandy Angerami                            
 Reaching Out Internationally
Encourages members to reach out to programs and projects outside of the U.S., for example:
  • CARE -- Humanitarian organization fighting global poverty
  • Clowns Without Borders -- Volunteer organization that works to spread happiness from refugee camps to conflict zones
  • Operation Smile International -- Provides life-changing reconstructive surgery to children & adults in developing countries and uninsured American children *
  • Plan USA -- Global child sponsorship network *
  • Project Hope -- Provides health care & humanitarian assistance
  • Save the Children -- Global, non-profit child-assistance organization
 United Nations Program
  • Learning about United Nations Programs
  • Supporting UNICEF (United Nations Childrens Fund)
  • Trick or Treat for UNICEF
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission
  • Support Water/Environment/Sanitation Project ... Project TAP *
  • UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
*Currently supported by our Club
7.  Public Issues Department...         
           Jill Hansen                                               
Citizenship in Action
Activities can include:
Supporting Veterans Affairs...
  • Supporting Women in the Military
  • Working with Veterans
  • Sewing for Sew Much Comfort
  • Supporting Military and their families
Encouraging Citizenship Participation...
  • Voting and encouraging others to do the same *
  • Working with the League of Women Voters *
  • Celebrating International Human Rights Day
  • Helping someone study for the U.S. Citizenship Test
Focus on Community Safety Program
  •  Safety -- Review GFWC Community Safety for Women fact sheets
  • Home Safety -- For example: fire safety, telemarketers, batteries for smoke detectors.
  • Vehicle Safety -- Order "Growing Up with Safety" for teachers
  • Food and Toy Safety -- Distribute the Food Safety Quiz for Kids
  • Promote proper use of child safety and booster seats.
  • Work with FEMA
Special Projects
 GFWC Florida State President's Project 2016-2018   
              Lee Thompson      

  Establish and fund the: "GFWC Florida Hacienda Girls Ranch Foundation"  
 In the early 1970's and 80's, GFWC Florida Clubs from all over the state contributed funds to build three homes for abused and neglected girls on the 25 acre Hacienda Girls Ranch in Melbourne. The cottages - Perkins, Pratt and King Harris - were named after the GFWC Florida President in office at the time each was built.
For her President's Project, Mary Powell, GFWC President 2016-2018, will establish the "GFWC Florida Hacienda Girls Ranch Foundation" to cover items for the Ranch not covered by the per diem the State pays for the girls in residence there. The Foundation will help pay for expenses such as: Upkeep and maintenance on homes that are now 40+years old; building a security fence and gate ($30K- $50K); outdoor lighting transportation (van maintenance insurance repairs). It will help with the replacement of furniture, beds and mattresses, bedding, and everything it takes to run a household. It will fund some of the "girly things" they wouldn't otherwise have like: yearbooks, school pictures, dance classes, art supplies, birthday celebrations, haircuts, movies, etc. and will also provide opportunities to participate in activities that promote healthy living, provide social skills, and positive relationships in their community.
The Foundation will be funded through fundraising activities at State, District and local levels during the 2016-2018 administration. As Mary says..."We helped start Hacienda, and it's our responsibility and our legacy to continue to support it." 



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